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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
  • Feel the rush of white water rafting on this half-day tour from Cairns
  • 2-hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Safety equipment including spray jackets, helmets and life jackets
  • Rapids are graded to 3, perfect for beginners
  • English-speaking informative and enthusiastic river guides
  • Hotel pick up and drop off from centrally located Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
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Professional river guide
Transport by private vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
All rafting equipment (except shoes)
Photos and DVD's (available for purchase)
Rafting shoes (available to hire)
$30 per person levy is payable direct on day of travel

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This activity will end right where it started.We can pick up from any Cairns City accommodation. Guests are more than welcome to make their own way to Lake Placid Park (self drive).
After hotel pickup in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, transfer to the river where your guide welcomes you.

Receive a safety briefing and get outfitted with the provided gear, including life jackets, helmets and paddles. Then learn paddling basics from professional guide, before hopping in your raft for a thrilling ride through Barron Gorge National Park.

As you glide through calmer sections, admire the surrounding World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and hear about regional animal life, plants and highlights such as Barron Falls. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway also traverse sections of the gorge.

Expect to get wet when you go through rapids with colorful names such as Rooster Tail and Cheese Churn. This section of the Barron River is rated as grade three, which means that the waves can measure approximately 3–6 feet (1–2 meters) and passengers need to hold on at times in rapids. Bring sturdy shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and towel, plus dry clothes to change into after your trip.

After your 3.5-hour rafting trip, your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children aged 12-18 years require a Parents or Guardians counter signature on waiver form
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Raging Thunder White Water Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.

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  • "some of the guides/staff need to work on personal hygiene with increased use of deodorant especially when working in close proximity to other people." See review

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Horrific
Brendan_B
, May 2022
This experience was absolutely horrific and very disappointing!! We flipped the raft 2 times we had 2 males in the middle weighing about 130kg each which made me question weight limit .We got stuck on rocks the whole time both the males landed on my back pushing me down for about 30 seconds. The only raft this happen to !! The was more I’d love a phone call to discuss
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for your feedback Brendan although it's disappointing to see your review when we've addressed your concerns privately.
star-5
The rafting was amazing....
Kieren_M
, May 2022
The rafting was amazing. But it would of had to been our tour guide (Tom)He was very easy to understand and made it very clear with the instructions plus he provided us with some background information
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for letting us know you had an amazing time rafting on the Barron River with Tom and the crew, great to hear! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Very memorable experience, glad we did it.
Marcus_V
, Apr 2022
The thrill of the rapids, the Guide's (James) witty character, and the serenity of the rain forrest.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your white water rafting adventure with James, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-5
Highly recommend
b6hbc9bswp
, Apr 2022
Was one of the greatest experience I’ve had. Our guide Jack was just wonderful- explained everything. He made day so much fun. Would highly recommend this and definitely doing this again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your recommendation and for letting us know what a great time you had rafting with Jack, wonderful to hear! Thanks for traveling with us, we look forward to seeing you again some time! :-)
star-5
Best reason to get wet.
t8sbdxmsrp
, Apr 2022
It was a great activity for the four of us (12 &16 yo). Justin was a safe and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended trip. Ps take gummy bears, you can have them on the half way point of the tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Great to hear what a fantastic time you all had rafting with Justin! Thanks for traveling with us and sharing your wonderful feedback! :-)
star-4
A must have experience
AnneMarie_C
, Mar 2022
The lower rapids which were a bit more exciting . Lovely guides a d friendly people and beautiful scenery . Ok to do even as solo
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your Barron River Rafting trip with us, great to hear! :-)
star-3
Had a great time and the...
Christopher_D
, Mar 2022
Had a great time and the instructor was great. Bit disappointing that we had to get out half way and climb very high rocks due high water level. It kinda killed the fun of it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for letting us know you had a great time rafting with our crew although we're sorry having to portage one of the rapids dampened your experience a little, this was the safest option available on the day due to high water levels. Thanks for traveling with us, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region :-)
star-5
Whatcha know about rafting
Vincent_S
, Nov 2021
Seeing that old bloke slide down the rock and scrape his arm it was hilarious. Carlos has a ripper moustache
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks for traveling with us and for your 5 star rating!
star-5
Laughing, screaming and having enormous fun!
Erin_K
, Sep 2021
What a fabulous afternoon!! I’d only rafted on the Tully previously, and went for the Barron River as it was a lower grading and I was going with my 13 year old son. Wow!! It was SO much fun! Would highly recommend- though be prepared to maybe get wet/tipped into the water. Not for the faint hearted - but not as adrenaline inducing as the Tully.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear you had a fab time white water rafting on the Barron River! Thanks very much for traveling with us and for your wonderful feedback! :-)
star-5
Heart pumping rapids - lots of laughs!
Katrina_C
, Sep 2021
Easy booking online. Great communication on where and when to meet. Great equipment and safety briefing. Experienced guides. Amazing rapids.....so much fun for entire family. Very impressive experience - would definitely do it again.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback, we're stoked to hear what an awesome time you had rafting on the Tully River! Thanks for traveling with us, we hope to see you again some time! :-)
star-5
5 star
Kim_S
, Aug 2021
Was an unreal experience and had the best time Christian the guide was so much fun and had heaps of knowledge
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear what an unreal time you had rafting with Kristian! Thanks for traveling with us and sharing your awesome feedback! :-)
star-4
Fun Adrenaline Pump
Ken_D
, Jul 2021
Overall it was a really enjoyable experience. The rapids were really fun and the bus picked us up on time. Our guide Jordan was very knowledgeable and made the trip safe while also pumping the adrenaline. Some downsides: - The hidden river levy ($30 per person), this is not included when booking online and is collect on the bus - you’re required to carry the raft back out of the water up the hill at the end. - some of the guides/staff need to work on personal hygiene with increased use of deodorant especially when working in close proximity to other people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip with Jordan, thanks for traveling with us! :)
star-5
Best memories and laughter ever!
Joan_C
, Jun 2021
Justin our guide was a legend and got us through the rapids with ease and so much fun. All the staff were wonderful, the equipment was good, the views were stunning and safety was a priority.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Barron Rafting trip with Justin and the crew, great to hear! Thanks for traveling with us :)
star-4
White water rafting
Suzanne_F
, May 2021
Sarah was a fantastic guide. Great afternoon had by all. The rapids were great for the kids first white water rafting experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for letting us know you and your kids had a fantastic time white water rafting with Sarah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback :)
star-5
Amazing experience
Wheny_b
, Apr 2021
Amazing experience. Sarah made it easy to understand how not to capsize or run into a boulder without killing ourselves. :) Really enjoyed our time and we will be back. Thanks Sarah Wheny and Darryl
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback Wheny and Darryl, great to hear how much you enjoyed your Barron River Rafting trip with Sarah! :)
star-5
Exciting but not dangerous
Fan
, Jan 2021
The tequila guy is super experienced and highly recommended. We very much enjoy being able to raft with him
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for letting us know you had a great day rafting with our crew!
star-5
Super fun!!
WAIKEE_C
, Sep 2019
This was a last minute booking but so glad we did it! The company was very responsive to our inquiries and made everything very easy. Well organized and our guide - Sammy was great! Navigated the raft expertly and made sure we got the full experience. Definitely recommend doing this!!
star-5
great company... safe...
Dior b
, Nov 2017
great company... safe.. informative... staff are funny... photos are excellent as well.. thrilling.. will be trying the next grade next time with them
star-4
We went on this tour after a lot of...
Colleen Q
, Jan 2017
We went on this tour after a lot of rain, so what was billed as category 3 rapids was catagory 5 per the guide the day we went. This should have, at the very least, been told to passengers before the pick up so folks could opt out. The guide, let the passengers self-select where they wanted to sit in the raft. We had the two weakest, and most inexperienced rafters in the front. Many people, including our guide, myself 2ce and my husband were hurled from the boat. After the first men overboard, the guide gave more tips to the front rowers, but as the leader, he really should have put them in the middle and the strongest rowers up front.
star-5
This half day 'introduction' to...
russ
, Mar 2016
This half day 'introduction' to WWRafting is good and long enough for most people. There is a day-long tour offered by Viator and I think this would be the next logical step if you enjoyed the half day. The Raft holds six people and a skipper who works very hard to get the best thrills. We sometimes got stuck on the rocks - it happens. We start with donning life jackets and I strongly recommend you hire their raft shoes. The raft fills with water to above your ankles so your own trainers get soaked, as does the whole of you. Flip-flops and slip-ons are not good as they are dangerous. Rafts automatically drain themselves so they never sink, in case you were wondering I wore swimmers and t-shirt some people also put on swiming goggles to avoid water in their eyes. The eventure starts with a safety briefing and trying out the various instructions: these are important as WWR can be dangerous. I felt safe with our guide who certainly steered clear of problems. There are some big-ish rapids which throw you about some smaller ones and at one stage we get to go for a swim and flaot down minor rapids - like Baloo the bear in The Jungle Book. Be prepared to get soaked and to fall in although this is not recommended, it happened to me. You do need to be flexible and this is not good for people with bad backs or necks. You also need to think 'safety' all the time and be agile enough to move quickly within the Raft. Professional photographs are worth it the helmets have GoPro attahcments too if you want your own. Overall a good half-day professional team easy pick-up. There were gaps between the thrills of the rapids so perhaps a half day is indeed ideal.

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